Winning is a Priority

Sep 18, 2012

A horse who has always shown excellent potential, Priority Road justified his short quote with a runaway victory at Kilmore on Tuesday.

Having his first run since an eye-catching third at Listed level at Flemington on Anzac Day, the lightly raced three-year-old worked across from an outside gate to take an early lead.

And it was all over from there, the bay always travelling well under the guidance of Glen Boss and racing away over the final stages - saluting by a soft 1.8 lengths with plenty in hand.

"It is good to see him come back the way he has," said OTI Racing's Simon O'Donnell, adding that he "would like to think he can measure up" in better company over the spring.

Mindful however that Priority Road still has a bit of maturing to do, O'Donnell is happy to be patient - "one step at a time," he said.

Boss agreed.

"He is a real work in progress this horse," he said, noting that in a recent trial Priority Road had not settled well.

"He wanted to pull on me in the trial to I decided today to really put him into the race and the further he went the better he travelled."

Describing Priority Road as "a big, lean bugger," Boss is confident - as is the stable - that he will be a better horse later.

"It is all about the autumn for him," said Boss - "and hee is going to be a beautiful horse when he finishes growing,."

Raced by Oti Racing (managers Terry Henderson & Simon O'Donnell), John Higgins, David Sinn, Andrew Clark, Dycer Racing, Uthmeyer Racing, Malvern Choir 2, Jackss and 2w & Long Road Syndicates, Priority Road is a New Zealand bred gelding by Danehill's Gr.2 winning son Danroad.

He is the first to race for the unraced Zabeel mare Priorities, daughter of the US stakes winner Afleet Floozie who hails from a strong northern hemisphere family whose members include the big race winners Heavenly Cause (Kentucky Oaks) and Bounding Basque.